What is the next thing I can do?

I have a hypothetical scenario for you:  You have an event coming up in your life relating to your chosen passion.  It’s just around the corner and you’re hugely excited.  This is it, this could be the making of an incredible new life and it’s almost here!

You dream of people flocking to your door wanting to know who you are and can we have some more please.  That sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

Then the event happens and reality gives you a rather unwarranted (well, it may seem that way) kick up the backside as you realise you haven’t hit the big time.  Okay maybe you sold a few books/paintings/photographs, but you are still sat at home and your phone/email is as quiet as it used to be.  Now what?

Wind back to just before the event.  If you have some free time dedicate it to answering these questions; ‘what if this doesn’t launch my career?’ and ‘What is the next thing I can do to get people to notice me?’

After the event there is a possibility you could disappear into a funk because after all your hard work, nothing happened.  Setting time aside beforehand will help prepare you if it didn’t go to plan.

So after being absent from my blog for quite a while you are probably wondering, why this and why now?  I have a secret.  I have been getting into photography in the last few months.  Next week (19-23 August) I will be taking part in an exhibition in London.  I’m really excited and nervous about it.  It could be great or it could be a damp squib.  Here’s hoping for the former.  If it is the latter, I need to be better prepared than I am now.

Your Greatest Fear

You know that thing you want the most, the one thing you know will make your life immeasurably better?  Well some smart-alec went and did a very silly thing.  You see that cave over there?  That scary looking one, the one with ominous sounds coming out of it.  The place that is so scary you daren’t even dream about.  Well, it’s in there.

Sure grab a torch, maybe a friend or two that might help.  Oh, did I mention your greatest fear is in there too?  How silly of me.  They’re side-by-side and yeah I know, its your worst enemy, your Achilles heel, but imagine how happy you’d be if you got that prize.

So why not go for it after all nothing ventured, nothing gained.  If that didn’t convince you, ask yourself this question; how many adventure stories do you know of where the hero got the prize on page 10?

P.S. It doesn’t count if the prize was taken away only for the adventure to continue.